Baptist Health Systems has appointed Arthur F. “Skip” Jernigan, Jr. as Chairman of its Board of Trustees. He has served on Baptist’s board for nine years. Jernigan is a partner with Jernigan, Copeland & Anderson in Ridgeland.
A native of Jackson, Jernigan is a graduate of Murrah High School and the University of Mississippi, where he earned his law degree in 1974.
During his career as an attorney, Jernigan has handled an extensive legal practice dealing with a wide variety of legal matters at the local, state and national level, including a favorable decision from the United States Supreme Court.
Additionally, he has served as the attorney for the board of the Pearl Public School District since 1976, and has provided counsel for a number of other local school districts.
He has served on a number of boards, including the YMCA Metropolitan Area, Mississippi Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society, University of Mississippi Alumni Board of Directors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mississippi Children’s Home Society and Family Services Association. Additionally, as part of his pro bono service to the Bar and the Jackson community, he has represented indigent parties on behalf of Mission First in the area of adoption law.
Jernigan enjoyed a successful football career in high school and college. He was the Jackson Touchdown Club Player of the Year in 1966, and a four-year letterman for the varsity football team at Ole Miss from 1967-1970. There, he earned All SEC recognitions and a spot in the 1971 Hula Bowl All Star Game. In 2011, he was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame.
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